Afghan envoy’s daughter not abducted: Pakistan




Pakistan’s interior minister on Sunday dismissed claims that the daughter of the Afghan envoy to Pakistan had been abducted, saying they were part of an international conspiracy against his country.

Speaking to local broadcaster Geo News, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said the incident was not an abduction at all.

“This is an international conspiracy, an agenda of [Indian intelligence agency] RAW,” the broadcaster quoted him as saying.

Earlier, while briefing reporters, Ahmad said intelligence agencies had thoroughly investigated the incident and checked the relevant CCTV footage but no evidence was found that she was abducted.

“She traveled from Islamabad to Rawalpindi in a taxi, then returned to Daman e Koh [in Islamabad] in another car and again went to F-9 Park [Fatima Jinnah Park] in Islamabad in a third taxi,” Ahmad told reporters.

“So far, the investigation showed that it was not an abduction,” he said, adding a final report will be released Monday.

On Saturday, the Afghan Foreign Ministry claimed that Silsila Alikhail, the daughter of Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Najib Alikhail, was abducted and tortured by unknown perpetrators on her way home Friday in Islamabad.